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Target

By: Simon Kernick
Narrated by: Paul Thornley
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Summary

When writer Rob Fallon goes out one night and ends up with his best-friend's girlfriend, Jenny, he's feeling guilty before anything's even happened. But guilt quickly turns to shock when two men break into Jenny's apartment, abduct her and try to kill Rob. 

When Rob reports this to the police, no one believes him. And when he speaks to Jenny's father, he says she's on holiday abroad. Rob knows Jenny's life's in danger and starts asking questions. Soon he's the target of brutal killers who are as terrifying as they are elusive. 

But what do they want? And what does it have to do with an ordinary girl like Jenny? Either Rob finds out or he's dead. It's that simple....

©2009 Simon Kernick (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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"Great plots, great characters, great action." (Lee Child)

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Unbelievably Bad

I had to double check that this was actually written by an adult, and was shocked to find that he's apparently *best selling* for a previous thriller. Judging by how poorly written this book is, I'll not be reading anything else by Simon Kernick. This book reads as if it were written in a rush and never passed by an editor of any sort. The narrative is implausible and the characters one-dimensional and unrealistic. The basic premise that a policewoman is running her own investigation without any other officer being aware or involved in it and that she is putting a civilian in dangerous situations as she pursues the villian is supposed to be *edgy* and perhaps *transgressive*. It isn't: it's just unrealistic. Poor plotting is dealt with by having multiple viewpoints -- some in first person, others in third. The dialogue is cliche-ridden and peppered with unnecessary rude language. Ditto for descriptions of violence, scenes of which almost feel gratiuitous at times. (I'm not a prude and don't mind strong language when the context demands, but this is just there for the sake of it or because it's lazy writing.) Critical details are skimmed over (often with the phrase "somehow [whatever it is] happened". Irrelevant details of back stories are dropped in at the most unlikely times, often at points of high pressure when reflection on the past is hardly what the character is thinking about. Baddies defy the laws of physics and time; heroes can jump over hedges and walls in one leap and despite feeling the breath of their pursurer on their neck, can outrun them. If this was the work of a 14 year old, I'd applaud it. But it isn't, and I've returned it as a complete waste of time.

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Target by Simon Kernick

Absolutely outstanding - a riveting listen - a high octane crime story with breathtaking twists and turns. One of the best of the 40 or so audio books of this genre that I have listened to whilst out walking or driving over the last 12 months. Mike Bolt and Tina Boyd at their very best. Also brilliantly read. I will definitely buy more by this author.

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Smashing

I have enjoyed all of Simon Kernick's books, but this might be my favourtie. The narrator is brilliant.

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A little confusing at times

Overall, this was a great story. There were a couple of confusing/sketchy escapes by the main Villain that didn’t sit well with me.

My main issue was with one of the main characters. He was narrated in the first person. It was I said this and I did that etc. It was like the story was being told from his point of view. He was then killed. This really didn’t sit well with me. It didn’t make sense. It threw the whole story.

Having said that, I have never had a best seller or had a book published. I am not even a writer so, what do I know.

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Great Book

Loved this book. If you like crime thrillers then you'll love this. Excellent!

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compelling but too many gratuitous deaths

It starts with a very disturbing murder and I almost finished there and then but the performance kept me going. it improved considerably and I grew very fond of the leading characters, the onesbon the right side of the law. The story remained compelling throughout but was also terribly sad in places and I still have a feeling of remorse for some characters and pity for others. I have now ordered some more books from this author and will continue with him for some time.

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Poor story.

Not the best. Too ridiculous and far fetched for me. if I want something this silly I'll watch a Tom Cruise movie. Sorry just too OTT .

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complicated

struggled to finish it. too drawn out. could not really empathise with characters. narration good.

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Very enjoyable

Really enjoyed this book, good pace, great narration. If you like crime thrillers you will enjoy this one.

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Excellent Thriller

I have read all of Simon Kernick's books and this is just as good and very well narrated. Not too complicated but still a page turner.

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